Occupation: Native Content Producer @ Time Inc.
Hometown: Clarkesville, Georgia
Which Row House do you use most? The Chelsea studio is closest to my office and the Columbus Circle studio is closest to my apartment, I frequent both locations.
How/when did you get involved in Row House? I took my first class in early 2017 – but my journey to the Row House community (unbeknownst to me!) began in October 2016.
On the evening of October 7, I tripped over my 100-pound lab in Central Park and broke my right leg. When the staff at Mount Sinai broke the news to me, I broke down. Lots of breaking took place that night, folks!
Prior to my tumble, I lived an active lifestyle. Between daily runs with my dog, Goose, and the walking associated with life in NYC, I’d have at least 10 miles under my sneakers at the end of each day. A non-weight-bearing injury that required surgery and eight weeks on crutches turned my life upside down.
Three months after my big break, I was chomping at the bit to embrace a low-impact cardio routine. Enter, Row House – my new fitness home!
Do you remember your first workout? How was it? I sat in erg 6 at the Chelsea studio – and let me tell you, I had NO business rowing in the front row. I was clumsy and confused and in really terrible cardiovascular shape (hey, I’d been on-the-mend pounding Holiday sweets in the weeks prior).
I also absolutely loved it.
What were your goals when you first started? How have they changed? Initially, I was seeking an exercise that accommodated my modified fitness routine, which required low-impact cardio. However, as I fell more-and-more in love with the sport, I decided to make rowing more than a part of my routine. I decided to make it part of my lifestyle.
How have you grown in that time — health, body, mind, etc.? It’s been 7 months since I was splayed out on the Great Lawn with a bleeding chin and a broken leg. Not only have I made a full recovery, but I’m in significantly better shape than I was before my injury – and my surgeon and physical therapist will back me up on that. I give Row House tremendous credit for my transformation.
What do you enjoy most about Row House? Overall, the unique versatility of classes allows me to turn to Row House for all of my fitness needs.
For example, I often crave the intense cardio experience a RH Full Body class provides, but if I’m in the mood for a challenging strength training sesh, I pop into a RH HITT class.
Favorite workout? RH Full Body
What about your least favorite? Bethany’s Sculpt classes are NO JOKE, y’all!
What motivates you? I’m highly competitive. However, to survive in New York, you have to be your own biggest competition. Rowing allows me to compete against myself and celebrate when I reach a new milestone.
When I started rowing last January, the lowest split time I could comfortably hold was 2:28. Last night, I hit 2:05. Now that’s motivating.
Do you have any advice for new members? Current fitness enthusiasts – give rowing a try! As a former runner and cyclist, I can honestly say rowing is the best full body workout to which you’ll ever submit yourself.
What do you hope to achieve in the coming year? I love Row House so much, I decided to make it my Row Home! I recently applied and was accepted to Row House University. I’m studying to become a Row House Coach!
This year, I hope to snag my degree and start sharing my affinity for rowing with fellow New Yorkers as a Coach in the Row House community.
My high-energy classes will be fueled by fun playlists and lots of interval training – perfect for first-time rowers and Manhattanites striving to shape up their bathing suit bods. Come join me!
How would you characterize yourself? I’m a sassy Southern Belle searching for her place in this big, crazy, fabulous city.